, 2023-01-25 16:15:33,
According to this new study, published in the journal JAMA Network Open, pregnant people who followed the Mediterranean diet during the time of conception and through pregnancy reduced their risk of preeclampsia by 28 percent.
“Preeclampsia during pregnancy or postpartum can cause your blood pressure to rise and put you at risk for stroke,” said Nidhi Mehta, MD, a cardiologist at Lehigh Valley Health Heart and Vascular Institute in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. “It can impair kidney and liver function, cause fluid in the lungs, seizures, and, if untreated, maternal and infant death. It can also lead to smaller or prematurely born babies.”
Dr. Mehta adds that the preeclampsia rate is 60 percent higher in Black women than in white women, and Black women are more likely to develop severe preeclampsia. The study also noted that women over the age of 35 saw better outcomes when eating on the Mediterranean diet, and it also reduced the risk of gestational diabetes.
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